Sunday and Monday cheapness on the Calendar -- in case you have Patriots Day off.
There is plenty of Cambridge Science Festival as well -- like the Artisan's Asylum open House & DIY Fest on Sunday.
SAT 4/13 (and 4/14)
Boston Running Film Festival
at Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)
"Mountain / Trail / Ultra" -- 2pm
"New England Roots" -- 5pm
"Spirit of the Marathon" -- 8pm
There are two kinds of people at a "Running Film Festival": those who love running and those who love someone who loves running.
It's a big weekend for running, and I love the atmosphere in Copley Square where you can walk in the middle of Boylston Street and pretend to win -- hell, even finish -- the Boston Marathon as goof around on the actual finish line.
Running documentaries feed your soul when carbo-loading is not enough.
4pm to 7pm
at Boston Harbor Shipyard, about 256 Marginal St, East Boston (Boston HarborWalk)
Feat: Cedric Douglas, Percy Fortini-Wright, DJ Moe Dee
If someone says Boston is not as hip as other US metropolitan cities like NYC or SF, take them to Eastie past all of the authentic Latin-American eateries to the outdoor sculpture gallery where you can occasionally find a hip-hop dance party while artists are working on a mural.
It's not exactly the Manhattan view from Brooklyn, but I love seeing Boston from that perspective.
Boston Magazine wonders why it's difficult to get permission for events like this, but they may have forgotten the Phoenix piece on the active official hostility of graffiti.
"Take the Quiz, Leave the Cannoli": The Sopranos, Godfather, and Goodfellas Trivia
at Common Ground Bar & Grill, 85 Harvard Ave, Allston
You may know "The Godfather", "Goodfellas", and all mafia popculture -- but so do a million other people. Far fewer than million people can fit in Common Ground, but it's going to be competitive anyway.
"Sister Lovers - An evening of Big Star & Chris Bell"
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
Free music every night makes Toad a good entertainment option, and sometimes there is something really awesome happening. For example, Township's Marc Pinansky does his introspective proto-alternative rock thing as he leads a kick-ass band through the music of the seminal Big Star.
"Music and Technology": Bleep Blop
at Killian Hall, Hayden Library, 160 Memorial Dr, Cambridge (MIT campus)
They had me at "Bleep Blop", because I love the sound and the connotation of a percolating ghost in the machine. The music is modern classical that includes the electronic aspects like another acoustic instrument. I hear it as an organic merging of the electronic.
Rockabilly Spring Fling
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$5 / 21+
Feat: Whiskey Kill, Johnny Carlevale & The Juke Joint Rhythm Rockers, Leah & Her J-Walkers, DJ Easy Ed
It doesn't matter whether it's warm, cold, raining, sleet, snow -- it's a good time for a rockabilly fling. Bring your mail carrier or another dance partner on the relatively pleasant Spring night.
Whiskey Kill is celebrating a new album, and a couple other rockabilly outfits thrown in with DJ Easy Ed keeping the affair hopping between live sets.
2013 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble: Preliminaries Night #6
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+
Feat: The Daily Pravda (11:45pm), Ruby Rose Fox (11pm), Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan (10:15pm), Parks (9:30pm)
The first five bands in the semi-finals are all over the place (The New Highway Hymnal, Camden, Eddie Japan, Lifestyle, White Dynomite) so who knows which group will move on tonight.
I really dug Oranjuly, and the main guy is still making melodic gems in Parks. Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan will blast people's faces off. Ruby Rose Fox may have a deeper and sweeter voice than any of the guys. Then The Daily Pravda kick ass too. Good times.
The Dirty Truckers, The Connection
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
The Dirty Truckers almost won the Rumbe a few years ago by bashing it out as if the Rolling Stones were American (andstill young). It's great night for straight-ahead rock with the retro-power-pop of The Connection.